Alright! I’ve spent the past weekend resting, doing laundry, and catching up with my cats after two weeks traveling on the West Coast for my mysterious day job. As much as I usually think Portland is the bees knees, and as much as I complain about having a day job, I’m grateful for my employment and the bonus opportunities to explore other cities (and play travel writer). Back to my point and purpose here – I was in town for just over 24 hours halfway between my journeys north and south, which fortunately, allowed me to attend Portland’s annual VegFest. I may not have had time to experience every single exhibitor booth or attend any glorious talks, but I did get to see countless smiling veg-faces and proudly table for Vegan Iron Chef’s big public, pin-dispensing debut.
Most of these photos were taken as Saturday was ending. Pretend people aren’t falling asleep at their booths and that there’s a never-ending stream of veg-happy and veg-curious folks, because there was!
Photo essay time:
My favorite on the show floor (you can’t deny it was mostly a trade show out there, and I say that fondly): So Delicious.
I can’t really think of any flashy new veg products I hadn’t seen before or that blew me away, so I’ll call my favorite as I see it – So Delicious Coconut Creamer. And well, they were one of a couple of vendors offering complimentary coffee, and as I was there all day with my own mug, I happily drank it. On top of that, I have a fond memory of my friend Melissa bringing me one of their coconut ice cream sandwiches…
Deanna works the NW Veg table. She does so much for the vegan community and it clearly loves her back.
What to wear when you’re veg…besides Herbivore, of course.
The German Viana line. In the past, I found these very hit or miss for my taste buds – but after sampling most of them, I really dug the Doner Kebap and Veggie Cevapici.
Supreme Master: Never disappointing. Just tired. We had the sweetest reporter from their channel, Youping, come with a small team to Vegan Iron Chef last year.
Lundberg: Where I learned that according to CNN’s Health reporters, Black Rice could be the new Brown Rice. Noted.
Chicago Soy Dairy bros. Mozzarella teese, I got your back.
Fair Trade Theo Chocolate Samples
Another favorite of the day – Soy Feta at Heidi Ho’s Organic Vegan Cheeses. Locally made & currently available at Jazzkats Coffee Bar. They graciously donated a fruit & hazelnut cheese spread to a Portland talk my friend & fellow blogger Janessa (with a new domain!) and I did last month for Try Vegan Week.
Hold onto your hearts, you crazy Daiya heads – Amy’s Vegan Mac & Cheese. I finally tried it and have to give a big ol’ Pass, but I get convenience. I get novelty.
Pull yourself together! One more Daiya shot to go… Now this pizza? I really get it.
Thai and True’s distributor’s stand tied with Chicago Soy Dairy for the stand I supported the most, financially. I picked up 4 small tubes of teese (on sale 2 for $5 – it really bothers me that I can only get teese at one store in town, albeit the great Food Fight!) and restocked on Yellow and Massaman curry paste. Locally made & VEGAN.
Don’t buy curry paste from a can. This is so much better (or make it!)
Another popular neighbor, naturally:
Portland <3 Kombucha
I overheard such interesting, varying comments from the folks stopping by the Gardein table. What do y’all think?
I know these are *just beans* , but they really are good beans! The Better Bean Company.
A big bowl of spices at the CuisineMentor table.
Photo evidence of the crowds, and that guy on the left eating.
Food vendors. Who’s been to Yummy Tummy? I keep hearing such positive things!
Red & Black, my favorite anarchist cafe-runners, tabled on Saturday.
Sengetera, selling Ethiopian veggie combos.
My girls at the Vegan Iron Chef table:
Day Over! Back to the real job.
Off to work, work, beaches, work, Costa Mesa, and a few days vacation for my first time in Los Angeles after this.
I have a geeky Stumptown Vegans review of this cafe below coming soon….